My little family!

My little family!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Bazzle Baby!!

Finding baby products that are fun, easy, functional and affordable is always something I'm on the hunt for. 

My newest find? 

Bazzle Baby!!

Adorable baby products for both boys & girls... 

my favorite? 

The Banda Bib - it's too cute for words. 

The website describes it as...

"The Award-Winning BandaBib is a bandana style baby bib. Often confused for an article of clothing, the BandaBib is super stylish and functional.  We are willing to bet it is the best dribble bib on the market!  100% Cotton designer print hi-dry cotton flannel backing..  velcro closure."

My favorite designs include -- Blue Disco Dot Banda Bib & Forest Camo Banda Bib. I know Benny would look so sweet in these!!! 

Take a look around the website, you won't be disappointed! 

They are currently running a 10% off special AND free shipping when you spend $75!

Happy shopping... always happy to share fun things I find! (And I'm ALWAYS happy to support smaller businesses!!)

** I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post**

Monday, April 15, 2013


Currently, my darling Layla is going through a Mama phase.

When I say... Mama phase, I mean she wants nothing & no one but me (most of the time).

She'll love on most. She'll hug, kiss, squeeze on anyone that asks for a kiss & a hug.

And if you have something she wants (bagel with cream cheese, for example), she'll be your best friend.

But 99% of the time, she has an eye on me. Wondering if I'm there, making sure I'm within a few feet of her.

She runs up, grabs my face, and kisses me so hard it hurts.

When she's tired? Hungry? In a sad mood? It's me she wants.

"HIGHER!" she in...pick me up and hold me close.

Oh.. and if I have Benjamin in my arms (for nursing) and I can't hold her? She'll climb on to the 6 inches of space left on my lap.

And if I'm in the bathroom/shower/kitchen...she's there with me.

It's hard. And it can be exhausting.

 And if I have other things to do, I put them aside.


These moments. When my sweet girl only wants me?

I know they are fleeting. So I'm counting my blessings.

My little lady. The love of my life. My mini-me...can't get enough of her mama.

And I'm soaking up every second.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

BSE is 3 months!!



little man checking out the street.

Turns out newborn hats don't fit anymore ;)

Ladies man!

Hanging out with his main squeeze, the bear (needs a name...)

My little guy!

3 month stats:
Weight: 17 pounds, 6 ounces at your 2 month appointment. If I had to guess, 18-19 pounds?! You're so chunky monkey. It's amazing.
Height: Not exactly sure but LONG!
Eating: Exclusively breastfeeding every 2-3 hours during the day & every 3-6 hours at night with the occasional bottle of Similac Sensitive formula.
Clothes: 0-3 month (getting small), 3 month and 3-6 month (even a couple of 6 month sleepers).
Diaper: Size 1 (Pampers Sensitive).

Dearest Benjamin,

Gone are the days of newborn goodness... you, my little love, are officially an INFANT! 

It's been a whirlwind of 3 months. A blink of an eye and here we are. I will always tell you how much I love you, but through these letters I want you to see just how amazing you are. I can't tell people enough - you are the perfect little man. You are as easy going as they come - extremely alert, talkative and silly. 

You don't cry very much -- but when you do, it's one of the saddest sounds I've ever heard. Sometimes your sister cries and you'll begin crying along with her. You are already so in love with her - it's clear the friendship is forming. She covers you in toys, kisses you a billion times, holds your little hands and you happily smile. 

SMILES - your whole face lights up. You love to coo and chat to anyone that will pay attention. You are getting very good at grabbing on to your toys and love to hold blankets. I think you're beginning to teeth - you are constantly chewing on your hands. You love the pacifier and it helps calm you down - however you don't need it to fall asleep which is nice. Your favorite place (other then laying on someone) is the rock n'play sleeper. We have two for this very reason. You like the activity mat and we recently borrowed a very nice swing that I'll try this week. 

You hate the car. Most of the time you tolerate it but you need the pacifier to keep you happy. If we are stopped at a red light/traffic, you are NOT a happy camper. Eventually you fall asleep and you seem to like the car seat, but the car itself isn't your favorite place. 

You love to sleep - a lot! You are starting to get on a schedule. You take a nap soon after you wake up in the morning, then again 3-4 times throughout the day. Depending on our plans, sometimes you'll sleep longer then others. I often need to wake you during the day to eat but I'm trying to avoid this so you can get your naps in! 

You like it outside and I look forward to the Spring weather so can we take walks together. 

You are sleeping fairly well at night -- you go to sleep anywhere from 730-830. You usually go around 4 hours. Then wake up 1-2 times again before morning. Last night, you went 6 hours which was a treat!! Our current schedule is that Layla goes to bed, I squeeze in a shower, feed you one last time before I go upstairs and you hang out with Dada downstairs and fall asleep. He brings you up to eat when you wake up (or if you don't, he'll bring you up and put you in your seat to sleep). It works great because when you're in our room, I don't sleep as well. You're a bit noisy and I'm always worried about your sweet little face. You LOVE to sleep in bed with us (especially on my chest) and sleep best that way, so I often let you ;)

On Wednesdays, Thursdays &'s just me & you. Layla is at school or Mom-Mom & Pop-Pop's house. While I love my time with both of you, these days are so special. I love when you nap on my chest or "talk"to me for hours. It's so lovely to get to know you. I'm so very lucky that I am able to extend my maternity leave until June... this week is when I should have returned to work and I can't imagine for a single second not being with you all the time.

You take baths 2-3 times a week. You sometimes cry but you mostly like it -- I think you get cold easily and I'm ready for you to be in the tub a little more so the warm water covers you! 

You are doing well on your tummy! I need to work more on tummy time but you sleep and cuddle so much  - it's hard to squeeze it in! ;)

You are so big - your like a puppy! Your hands and feet are so big and your cheeks go on for days. I know one day soon you'll slim down and I'll think back on these days and giggle at how big you are! Your eyes are SO bright and gorgeous and your hair is getting lighter everyday. I think you'll end up with big, dark eyes but possibly green or hazel? Who knows. 

You are so very loved - so very happy - and we are so excited to watch you learn & grow!!!! 

I love you, always.
Your Mama

(A glimpse at his 3 month pictures we took today - unedited but still so cute!)

Monday, April 8, 2013

22 months.

Weight: Last doc appt was 25.6 pounds - you don't gain because you're always on the GO.
Height: I think 35 inches - tall and thinner everyday!
Eating: Eating - not great - the same things everyday...and 2-4 cups of organic whole milk everyday.
Clothes: 18 month (small), 18-24 month, 24 month and 2T! 
Diaper: Size 5
Shoe Size: 5-6

Layla Jules...

Happy 22 months to YOU, my sweet angel. Another month, another few weeks and suddenly I find myself again in awe of you. You are a SPONGE - you are soaking up everything around you and it's a magical thing to watch. You are so kind, so gentle. You hug & kiss everyone. When someone enters a room, you'll yell their name, clapping and giggling in excitement. It's so sweet and a perfect indication of how you are - full of love and joy. 

We dealt with your 2nd ear infection this month along with another horrific cold but you were pretty good (for the most part) - luckily your sleep is back to normal and the antibiotics worked like a charm.  We hate seeing you sick and I'm hopeful by next school year you'll be able to not get every little cold that comes through. We are working on washing hands which you love!

What you've been doing... 
Lots of playing, talking, singing, dancing. 
You are discovering new things everyday - you are getting very good at climbing. You are the best stacker of any blocks you can find. You love your puzzles, books, the indoor slide, the outdoor swing, your play kitchen. You can still play very well by yourself and you love to make all your little guys talk to each other. You are really getting into your princesses and like naming them (Ariel, Snow White, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Belle). You love to sing songs (ABC's, Happy Birthday, Itzy Bitzy) - you can sing the entire Happy Birthday tune by yourself, it's fabulous. You love to count to 10 (sometimes 12). You love to snuggle your brother, give him toys/blankets, make him smile. You will be the best of friends and it's the most amazing thing to watch.

What you've been eating....
I'm on a mission to get you to eat more then fruit&veggies, yogurt and cheese. I always carry the pouches of fruit/veggie mixes with me because you're not too eager to try "real" food besides matzah ball soup, bagels and french fries (your favorite). I'm glad you don't love sweets but I wish we could take you out to eat and have you order something good (every so often you'll really chow down on eggs, meatballs or chicken but it's rare).  A picky eater just like her mama. 

What you've been saying...
Words. SENTENCES!!! It's insane how well you can convey what you're thinking. You repeat everything. Your new word is please, which is so very sweet. And reading?? You can now "read" to me "Hungry Little Caterpillar", "Brown Bear" and "Where's Spot" - it's insanely cute. You memorized the books but it appears that you are reading and we love it!!! 

While the bad sleep trend continued for some time - you got back on track while we were in Florida and it's been smooth sailing since (knock on wood) - you're back to 7 PM - 7:30 AM sleeping (I had to wake you at 8:00 AM last week!!) - napping can still be hit or miss but no more crying when I put you in the crib - success!!! 

What you've been reading & watching....
Lots of books. Lots of movies. Sometimes you'll sit and watch a whole movie, other times you can't be bothered. Now that the weather is warming up - I'm hoping for lots of outside time and less movie time!!! :)

My dear girl, so much I could say to you - you are my best friend. I love our inside jokes. I love the way you grab my face and kiss me so hard it hurts (in the best way possible). I love how you still want to cuddle. I love that you are still in a "mama" phase and I'll greatly miss these days when they pass. I love how you sing & dance. I love how sweet you are with all of your cousins. I love how you are always asking for Mom-Mom, Pop-Pop, Grandma & Grandpa. I love how you chase the cats. I love how you take medicine with no problem. I love your face, your smell, the way you run and the joy you bring. 

You are a rock star, just like your Pop-Pop says. Can't wait to play outside with you!!

Bedtime dance party to Harlem Shake!!

Coloring. In the nude. Obviously.

Playing in the new kitchen ;) (Full reveal coming soon)

Playing with Taxi, Aunt Kim & Abbey!

Hanging out with Remi & Benny!

<3 this girly.